On Thanksgiving morning, the Deseret News published an article about how more and more people are selecting “American” as their ancestry on census forms. The “American” option is intended for people of Native American descent, but, according to the article:
The number of people selecting American ancestry is growing. In 1990, 57,268 Utahns reported only American as their ancestry. The number grew to 150,814 by the 2000 Census.
The article then goes on to explain some theories on why this is taking place:
Why people feel that way is difficult to determine, in part because of the anonymity of the census. A cross section of professionals including demographers, sociologists and genealogists came up with a variety of theories. It could be a simple misunderstanding of the question, or maybe people don’t know their ancestry.
Or it might even be a post-Sept. 11 form of patriotism.
For real, Deseret News? You think the 2000 Census displays “a post-Sept. 11 form of patriotism”? And you wrote an entire article with that as one of the driving theories? Wow.